Riddles at work in the early medieval tradition – A Q&A with Megan Cavell and Jennifer Neville

Posted by Bethan Hirst - Tuesday, 21 Apr 2020


How would you like someone who has read your book to sum it up in one sentence?

‘This book brings me right up to date with scholarship on early medieval riddles in Latin and Old English.’

What book in your field has inspired you the most?

There are so many….  Recently Donoghue’s How the Anglo-S Their Poemsaxons Read.

Did your research take you to any unexpected places?

Not really, but I’ve talked about the Riddles across the UK, from York to Exeter.

Which writing process do you use (computer, longhand, dictate, other)?

A combination of computer and longhand.

Why did you choose to publish with MUP?

It was recommended to me by a very eminent colleague, and the press has recently produced a string of wonderful books in the field.  It’s an honour to be placed among them.

What are you working on now?

A monograph about the Exeter Book Riddles

If you could go back and give yourself once piece of advice when starting out on this project, what would it be?

Don’t feel guilty about being heavy-handed with contributors.

What other genres do you enjoy reading?

Poetry, scientific non-fiction about space, dinosaurs, evolution, biology, etc; ancient history; fantasy novels; archaeology.

Which authors (academic and not) would you invite to a dinner party?

Roberta Frank, J. D. Niles, Peter Baker, Jo Shapcott, Robert Eaglestone.

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